OK I don't really expect advice on how to fix this problem, but I am having and ARGH! moment and I figured you guys could at least sympathize...
Swatching for a sweater for my dog - worsted acrylic - need gauge of 20 sts/ 4". Recommended needles size 6. Now I usually am a tight knitter and have to go UP a needle size. Here goes swatching...
Size 7 - 17 sts/ 4"
Size 6 - 17.5 sts/ 4"
Size 5 - 19 sts/ 4"
Size 4 - 18 sts/ 4"
WHAT? How did my gauge go UP on the 4s? (Or is that down?)
I was getting pretty frustrated but then I washed and machine dried the swatches and the size 5 is pretty close to 20 sts/ 4" so I'm going with that. I'm still astonished that I'm using smaller than recommended needles.
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